Austin Montgomery went 6-for-6 to tie a school record for most hits in a game.
May 18, 2012
By Scott Gierman
CARBONDALE, Ill. – Southern Illinois produced a season high 19 hits, nine of them in the eighth inning alone, en route to a 16-0 dismantling of IPFW (16-39) Friday afternoon at Abe Martin Field. Southern (27-27) also matched a season high for runs in a game and recorded back-to-back shutout victories for the first time since blanking Chicago State on consecutive days in March of 2005.
Out of the many offensive stars in the game, Austin Montgomery shined the brightest. The Saluki third baseman went 6-for-6 with four RBI. His six hits matched a school record, which was set by Jim Limperis in 1987.
“The good thing is that late in the day he had some quality ABs,” SIU Coach Ken Henderson said. “He stayed inside on some balls. To me, his last hit, which he hit to right field, is his most impressive hit of the day. When he’s doing that, then I know his swing is where it needs to be.”
SIU already had a comfortable 6-0 lead before hanging a 10-spot on the Mastodons in the bottom of the eighth inning. Southern recorded nine hits and four walks in its most productive inning of the season. The Salukis had already scored a pair of runs in the inning and had the bases loaded when Wes Neece hit a fly ball to left-center field. Center fielder Malcolm White was tracking the ball when he collided with left fielder Carter DeBoe and allowed another run to score.
After reliever Danny Tursell induced a fly out for the second out of the inning, the next seven Salukis reached base safely. IPFW had a chance to escape the inning with only seven runs across if not for a dropped foul pop up. Given a reprieve in the at-bat, Derek Trovillion drew a walk. After Montgomery recorded his second hit of the inning with a bases loaded single, the Mastodons called on their third pitcher of the inning. Nate White struck out the 16th batter of the inning to mercifully end the onslaught with the bases still loaded.
His only real jam of the day came in the fifth inning with SIU leading 3-0. IPFW produced back-to-back singles to start the inning and had two men in scoring position with one out. Dorris responded with a strikeout and a pop up to escape the inning with no damage. That inning marked the only time in the first two games of the series that the Mastodons reached third base.
Starter Jason Kalber took the loss for IPFW. He allowed six runs, four of them earned, in six innings of work. He struck out three and issued five walks. SIU has recorded 31 hits and drawn 21 walks over the last two games.
The reserves joined in the fun as well for SIU. J.C. Davis entered the game in the sixth inning and delivered two hits and three RBI. He and Trovillion hit back-to-back sacrifice flies in the sixth inning to give SIU a 6-0 lead.
“We won yesterday, but we executed much better today,” Henderson said. “We did a good job of moving runners over and in sac fly situations, especially early on when it was a tighter game.”
Trovillion also entered the game in the sixth inning and added a walk and a single to his total. He also scored a pair of runs.
Southern struck for two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Jake Welch led off the inning with a single and scored on Chris Serritella’s double over the center fielder’s head. With the two-bagger, Serritella matched the SIU single season record with 23 doubles on the year. Montgomery singled home Serritella to make it a 2-0 game.
Montgomery doubled Serritella home again in the bottom of the third inning to extend the lead to 3-0. Jordan Sivertsen’s 11th HR of the season gave SIU a 4-0 lead in the fifth inning. Sivertsen is now tied with Serritella for the conference lead in home runs.
The Salukis will go for their third series sweep of the season on Saturday as they close out the regular season. It will be Senior Day with the first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. at Abe Martin Field. Sam Coonrod will get the start for the Salukis.